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Family Wilderness Trek in Yosemite

A family backpacking trip in the wilderness area near Yosemite National Park. Hike from your base camp to beautiful lakes and awe-inspiring peaks & spend the nights sleeping under the stars at your wild camp.

Private Trek Adventure 4 days

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Wilderness Camping
  • Swim in crystal clear Alpine Lakes
  • Magnificent views away from the crowds
  • Mule supported trek
The Yosemite mountains form part of the 400 miles long mountain range of Sierra Nevada.The area around the Yosemite high country and Ansel Adam’s wilderness forms the northern end of the High Sierra, home to beautiful alpine lakes, meadows and white granite peaks.

This trek traverses the borderline between the two wilderness areas of Ansel Adams and Yosemite National Park. Once you have loaded up the mules with all of your gear, you will set off hiking through pine forests, along trails established by early settlers taking their live stock up to the high meadows. The hike is about 6 miles, with some ascents. As you gain altitude, you will pass meadows and some magnificent views. Once you reach your remote base camp, you will set up camp and then have time to swim in the crystal clear lake. Your next day will be spent on a hike up to one of the local peaks to enjoy jaw dropping views or to a nearby lake, or you could spend the day simply relaxing around the camp and enjoying the silence of the wilderness. Your guide will talk you through all of the options and help you to choose what is best for your family. On your final day you will re-trace your steps back to the trail-head.

Day-by-day

Day 1: Check in anytime after 4pm at the Pines Resort by Bass Lake. There are several restaurants in this tiny village, where you can have dinner on your own. At 6pm, you will meet your guides in the lobby of your accommodation and go over the trip details together.

Day 2: After breakfast on your own, you will drive to the trailhead. After loading the mules, you will then head off on your hike, which will be approximately six miles. You will stop along the way for a picnic lunch before arriving at your camping spot. After pitching your tent, there will be time to swim, play and relax before a mouth-watering dinner under the stars.

Day 3: Today will be a day hike from your camp. You will discuss the walking options with your guide and you can choose between hiking to one of the scenic Alpine lakes in the area and the option to climb one of the Yosemite boundary peaks for a view of the National Park and Yosemite Valley.

Day 5: After breakfast, you head back down to Bass Lake, where arrival is early in the afternoon. Here, you can reward yourselves with a swim in the lake or a dip in the hot tub.

Details

Getting there

It is a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles, or a 4 hour drive from San Francisco.

Price includes

Meals, camping gear (if requested), shared accommodation, permits and guides.

Is it for me?

Before embarking on a trip like this, you should be confident that you are fit and motivated to complete the hike to base camp, as well as enjoying the day trips that will have some elevation gain.

The camping whilst beautiful, is incredibly basic. There are no toilet facilities or showers. Sleeping mats and bags are provided.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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